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ERIC Number: EJ883706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Reimagining the Curriculum: Future Teachers and Study Abroad
Phillion, JoAnn; Malewski, Erik L.; Sharma, Suniti; Wang, Yuxiang
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v18 p323-339 Fall 2009
Universities in the United States and elsewhere offer study abroad programs to meet requirements that graduates have cross-cultural competencies and an international perspective on their discipline. Study abroad courses and field experiences for preservice teachers address two major challenges specific to the teaching profession: (1) how to prepare White, middle class, female students enrolled in teacher education programs to work with the increasingly diverse populations of students they will teach in the future; and (2) how to develop global perspectives in preservice teachers. The authors conducted a study of the experiences of preservice teachers on a three-week summer study abroad program in Honduras in order to examine how differences in understanding ethnicity, race, class, and gender affect the process of teaching and learning in diverse settings. This article provides an overview of this study abroad program, the qualitative methodology of the research study, an analysis of students' perceptions and perspectives, and a discussion developing preservice teachers' global multicultural competencies through international cross-cultural interactions. The authors' research indicates that the lived experience of studying abroad provides preservice teachers the intellectual and critical starting point for multicultural awareness of the educational, social, and political relationships between their lives and other cultures. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Honduras; United States